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Huge Estate Sale in Tonawanda, NY
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Post# 755448   5/7/2014 at 12:10 (2,326 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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There's a lot of new old stock stuff, but there are also a few vintage appliances for anyone in the Tonawanda area.


The sale starts tomorrow.  There are at least 2 vintage stoves, a couple of vintage TVs, and this dryer:


Post# 755449 , Reply# 1   5/7/2014 at 12:11 (2,326 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        
Here's one of the stoves...

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Post# 755450 , Reply# 2   5/7/2014 at 12:24 (2,326 days old) by HooverWheelAway ()        

WOW. That looks to be one incredible wet-dream of a sale! The curtains, the furniture, the lamps, the dishes, the kitchen, the NOS detergents, the TVs... AMAZING!

Glad it's not in Minneapolis, or I'd be pitching a tent and shining up the credit card! LOL

Post# 755452 , Reply# 3   5/7/2014 at 12:43 (2,326 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Wow, they've packed that place full of goodies. I wonder how much was original vs. what the company brought in?


Post# 755458 , Reply# 4   5/7/2014 at 13:11 (2,326 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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My brain exploded... LOL 


That GE dryer looks like an early 60s model.  

Post# 755461 , Reply# 5   5/7/2014 at 13:15 (2,326 days old) by AtomicT (Middletown, NY)        

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That is a crap load of stuff.  Why oh why does it have to be an 6 hour drive away???

Post# 755473 , Reply# 6   5/7/2014 at 13:47 (2,326 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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That's MikeyD's neck of the woods

Post# 755475 , Reply# 7   5/7/2014 at 13:53 (2,326 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Finally got all the pics to work... I dunno but I do not in any way shape or form believe this is an "estate sale" of stuff from the owners house. It looks way too staged and I would near bet my life 90% of that stuff was trucked in there under false pretenses.. or am I full of it?

Post# 755482 , Reply# 8   5/7/2014 at 14:22 (2,326 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Mother of Jefferson Davis!!!!!

Now is when it would be nice to be rich!! Get in the moving van and GO!!!!Thats a 50 GE stove and a Norge gas stove!

Post# 755508 , Reply# 9   5/7/2014 at 16:32 (2,326 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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I agree with Petek. Most of that stuff was trucked in.

Post# 755526 , Reply# 10   5/7/2014 at 17:48 (2,326 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Oh My...

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I'ze getting the vapors! Pass the smelling salts?

Already have the GE toaster and Regina Electrikbroom, but oh my that detergent stash!

Lemon scented FAB detergent sadly (or gladly depending upon one's point of view) lacked today's chemical fixatives that keep scent lingering for weeks, months or years. The few boxes one has been able to nab and try had nary a whiff of lemon to them. Pity.

Post# 755576 , Reply# 11   5/7/2014 at 21:16 (2,325 days old) by gefilterflo (Newark, Ohio)        

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That dryer is paired with a 1992 Filter-Flo

Post# 755596 , Reply# 12   5/7/2014 at 22:34 (2,325 days old) by arris (Rochester New York)        
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I'm there Friday to check it out !!!!

Post# 755609 , Reply# 13   5/7/2014 at 23:52 (2,325 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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3.5 hr drive for me.. I'll pass. Plus I have the feeling they'll be lining up out the doors

Post# 755612 , Reply# 14   5/8/2014 at 00:02 (2,325 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Polish up that credit card and grab every single box of that detergent!

NOS towels, colored toilet tissue, too much to carry in one load to the car. It's going to be a bloodbath in the first couple of hours - sale safely!

Post# 755615 , Reply# 15   5/8/2014 at 00:13 (2,325 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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A 6 hr drive for me. I might as well keep going to innocently walk about Church street in Toronto. 

Post# 755633 , Reply# 16   5/8/2014 at 02:52 (2,325 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

NEAT-this is something I dream about.

Post# 755676 , Reply# 17   5/8/2014 at 09:29 (2,325 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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The dryer is the 1958 WA-820R that began the panel style that would persist until 1963. The model began as a re-working of the 1957 TOL (without pedestals) and was redesigned mid-year. There is a member here (Bygted, I think) who owns one of these:

Post# 755820 , Reply# 18   5/8/2014 at 22:32 (2,324 days old) by whirlaway (Hampton Virginia)        
Goodness Gracious!!!!!!!!

I never!!!! I had to change my underdrawers twice!!!!!! I thought I had some things,but I never,are you sure the name of the street isnt Heavens Way!

Post# 755821 , Reply# 19   5/8/2014 at 22:36 (2,324 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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If there was HSR to that part of NYS would consider, but am not driving >six hours or incurring the expense of a plane and car rental even for a chance at such a haul. *LOL*

Those laundry and other consumer products look in very good condition to have been all stored in someone's home for years. Perhaps they are part of NOS from a store or something?

MickeyD is being awful quiet on this...... Hmmmmm.....

Post# 755867 , Reply# 20   5/9/2014 at 07:25 (2,324 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
MickeyD is being awful quiet on this...... Hmmmmm.....

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I thought the same thing!  Soon, we'll be looking at pictures of him waving from inside a mountain of All-Temperature CHEER suds that fills the whole deck of his house - I can't wait for that!

Post# 755869 , Reply# 21   5/9/2014 at 07:30 (2,324 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Too much time on my hands

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Do you think we could persuade him to buy some of those for some of us? I'm actually considering driving 8 hours to Buffalo, pretending to visit my cousins, just so I can hit this sale with an empty car. I'd really like all that vintage Dial soaps bars in those beautiful American Standard bathroom hues in those beautiful vintage foil wrappers. Boy, am I a pathetic cheap-seat collector.

The lengths I'll go to for phosphates...

Post# 755881 , Reply# 22   5/9/2014 at 08:21 (2,324 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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It's very possible that some of those detergents, paper products, soaps etc were brought in from elsewhere, but maybe these people had a store of their own from which this stuff might have come.  Just saying.

Post# 755888 , Reply# 23   5/9/2014 at 10:11 (2,324 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Lane Chest

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That's a fine (and hard to find) Lane Cedar Chest in that house! The GE dryer is fine also, but if I could only walk away with one item..... it would be the cedar chest.


Post# 755895 , Reply# 24   5/9/2014 at 11:23 (2,324 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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almost 200 pictures! You'd have to take a night off and come back the next day!

Post# 755900 , Reply# 25   5/9/2014 at 12:36 (2,324 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I knew a lady..

That was just like this! When she died they found chests full of Jello, Sugar, all manner of soap..a case of 1950s Super Suds.etc...Some of the Jello was from the 50s....believe it or not, my Cousin did the estate sale and she tried the Jello just to see if it was still couldnt tell it from new!

Post# 755904 , Reply# 26   5/9/2014 at 13:08 (2,324 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Well Quite Honestly

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Am not saying would turn my nose up at any of this horded, but my days of vintage detergent "collecting" must cease for awhile until sort a few things out.

Tend to only use Persil and modern products in the AEG due to it's long cycles, low water usage and so forth. So that means quite a few vintage detergents are off limits.

Back on topic, those detergent boxes look far to clean and "new" to have been stored in a basement or something. Am still going with they came from a shut down store or something.

Post# 755908 , Reply# 27   5/9/2014 at 13:31 (2,324 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
You might be right!

Those people could have owned a small grocery or some kind of store..??

Post# 755913 , Reply# 28   5/9/2014 at 13:50 (2,324 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Here Is Why I See Making This Road Trip As Dicey

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If the notice had not be posted here and otherwise was in limited circulation then there is a good chance much of the "goodies" would be there upon arrival. However now that the cat is out of the bag there is no telling what will remain if one did not arrive when doors opened on Thursday morning. I for one am not giving up my weekend to drive twelve or so hours total to find out the joint has been picked clean upon arrival.

Tried to contact the people running this estate sale but thus far not a single response.

We also have no idea about pricing. I can stay home and pay $40/per box for vintage detergent on eBay. *LOL*

If one did make the trip you can bet it would be with an eye for resale, after keeping a few choice items for one's self. I mean one has to make back the costs of travel and what not.....

Post# 755944 , Reply# 29   5/9/2014 at 18:44 (2,324 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

We have a friend who runs estate sales for families. It is very common to combine sales from a few different homes into one home. They try to use a place for the sale that is of the same caliber as the goods are. For instance, it there is a lot of silverware and tiffany items, they'll use a very upscale home to show those in. Sometimes it is surprising what comes out of homes that are less showy. Why? You get more money for the items if they are shown in a nicer place.

His line to bargain hunters "We are selling the items for the family, we are not giving it away."

Post# 756110 , Reply# 30   5/10/2014 at 14:53 (2,323 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Hmmm, this tread has gone awful quiet.......

Kahoots! Know you all are out there scheming and plotting! *LOL*

Post# 757397 , Reply# 31   5/16/2014 at 12:01 (2,317 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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So did anyone here go and get anything? The website states the sale continues this weekend May 17 & 18.

Post# 757473 , Reply# 32   5/16/2014 at 15:20 (2,317 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
That Part of NYS Isn't Around The Corner From Most Of Us

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Locals! *LOL*

Imagine those from upstate and or even across the border *may* have gone. That and those within
With estate sales it is always a gamble IMHO which puts one off driving long distance. You don't know prices do you? Also what will or will not be there when you arrive. That is unless you plan on getting there very early in order to be one of the first shoppers.

Finally you really just don't know who you are dealing with when it comes to estate/garage sales. Some persons are reasonable others will not listen to any such thing on that score and are convinced their price (no matter how outrageous) is right.

For instance last year there was an estate sale in NJ featuring some interesting things including a vintage combo machine. IIRC a member did go but the sellers wanted an amount that was out of line for an untested and a unit that would certainly need work.

My favourite story came from a member years ago that went to an estate sale and was not only scolded but thrown out by the seller. His crime? The guy saw some vintage cleaning/laundry products and after being shot down upon asking for a price (they are spoken for said the seller), found another stash and then got the full treatment (I told you THEY ARE SPOKEN FOR....)

Think many running such sales in remote or whatever areas just do not understand they are otherwise selling to a local market. Unless what they have is very rare a large appliance for instance simply isn't going to move for more than a few bucks IMHO. OTOH if we were speaking of a NOS, still crated W&D such as vintage Frigidaire things might be different.

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